Posted by Jeff Id on October 11, 2011
WUWT has highlighted an article from the Independent where James Hansen is quoted as saying the skeptics are winning. My own opinion is that nobody who wants less government interference in energy creation is winning. I have to laugh that people don’t have enough energy even today. It is insane, but because of the ignorance of the public’s approach to the issues stupid government policies are the norm rather than the exception.
Climate sceptics are winning the argument with the public over global warming, the world’s most celebrated climate scientist, James Hansen of NASA, said in London yesterday.
Now Hansen is widely celebrated, he’s a triple A rated climatologist activist, advocate, alarmist. He has no fear of retaliation for his overpaid government job or the quid-pro-quo payments/awards from pro-government, pro-socialism organizations. The false claims were flying everywhere:
It is happening even though climate science itself is becoming ever clearer in showing that the earth is in increasing danger from rising temperatures, said Dr Hansen,
That statement is flatly false. The reason the skeptic argument (which is really a lukewarmer style argument) is “winning”, is that the DATA and the SCIENCE are supporting a more moderate warming in the future and with vastly reduced consequences in relation to some of the absolutely insane IPCC predictions. Of course the winning comment is simply the recognition by the public that perhaps the IPCC is really a political organization just as any thinking person already knows.
It is amazing that a scientist puts crap like this out there with a straight face:
Part of the problem, he said, was that the climate sceptic lobby employed communications professionals, whereas “scientists are just barely competent at communicating with the public and don’t have the wherewithal to do it.”
Hmm… I’ve read nothing from a paid climate skeptic lobby and continuously read pro-climate information which can only be described as lies from paid for advertisements. I’d say that he’s a pot calling the kettle black, yet the kettle in this case was a glass. The climate alarmist campaigns are often government money or untaxed 501C’s paid to advertisers to support ever more controlling government. Propaganda about why their message doesn’t work is continuously put in high profile news articles. Really, I don’t know where the skeptic movement comes from except that the message from main stream climate science in their media organizations is heavily leftist, often verifiably inaccurate, and takes a completely negative approach of limitation, reduction, rather than expansion or development.
Who really wants less for themselves or their kids. Why not discuss expansion of real solutions like nuclear power or more efforts for research into real energy if they are so concerned? My answer is simple, the politicians have different intent than the heavily leftist climate science movement can understand. In my opinion it is the Achilles heal of leftism. The progressive individual thinks the politician can just do X and if that doesn’t work do X + Y etc… In practice, the politicians actions (even with the best intent) average out to whatever gives them more power/money. Cap and trade was a perfect example. Scientists even hailed it as a “market” solution – selling an item with no value at a price set by the politicians who can alter the price of the commodity on a whim. Sounds like a free market solution to me.
I have to wonder with the incredible ignorance of people who support the power mongers, will sanity ever return to Earth?